Hadn't heard this, nor heard of it, but it just popped onto my YouTube suggestion page.
I knew Michael Caine had served in Korea, and with the Royal Fusiliers, but had never heard any details.
Apparently, after the passage of enough time, apparently Sir Maurice feels that it's something to finally speak about.
Think about this little excerpt the next time Zulu, The Man Who Would Be King, The Eagle Has Landed, or Secondhand Lions is on the tube, or you pop one of those in the player to watch. And see with new eyes a former 19-year-old private, with an antiquated bolt-action Lee-Enfield rifle, facing waves of Chinese troops hurtling towards your lines, tennis shoes squeaking, voices shouting, bugles blowing, under swinging parachute illumination rounds.
|Chard: "You're saying I'm the amateur and you're the professional."|
Bromhead: "No. I'm saying that right now, I wish I was a damned ranker, like Hitch...or Hook."
Six minutes' thoughts from an actor who's actually been that kid is worth six years of blather from those who never served, anywhere, at any time, let alone in an unpopular war, in a strange, unknown land, for nebulous reasons.
And bear well in mind that unlike literal battalions of those mouthy celebutards, whatever (rare as hen's teeth, AFAIK) pronouncements he's made or ever does make on war, politics, etc., that this is coming from someone who's actually killed communists for Queen and country.
I'm getting the book, The Elephant To Hollywood, which came out in 2010, and the version of him reading it as well.
If this is a sample, it's a steal at twice the price.
I'll let you know how it turns out.